Winter Fruit And Nut Stuffing

Winter Fruit And Nut Stuffing
Winter Fruit And Nut Stuffing

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

Ingredients

  • 12

    tablespoons butter - (1 1/2 sticks)

  • 2

    large Anjou pears peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2" cubes

  • 1

    tablespoon sugar

  • 3/4

    teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 4

    cups chopped onions

  • 1 1/2

    cups chopped celery

  • 1 1/2

    cups Sauternes (or other sweet white wine)

  • 1 1/2

    cups chopped pitted prunes

  • 1 1/2

    cups chopped dried apricots

  • 1

    cup dried cranberries

  • 2

    tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

  • 1

    tablespoon chopped fresh sage

  • 14

    cups cubed (1/2") crustless firm white bread - (abt 1 1/2 lbs)

  • 1

    cup pecans toasted, chopped

  • Salt to taste

  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste

Directions

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pears; sprinkle with sugar. Sauté until pears are golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer to very large bowl; mix in cinnamon. Melt remaining 10 tablespoons butter in same skillet over medium heat. Add onions and celery; sauté until golden, about 15 minutes. Add wine and next 5 ingredients. Simmer until liquid is reduced almost to glaze and mixture is soft and moist, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Mix into pears. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Reheat to lukewarm before continuing.) Mix bread and pecans into fruit mixture. Season stuffing with salt and pepper. To bake stuffing in turkey: Loosely fill main cavity and neck cavity of turkey with stuffing. Generously butter baking dish. Spoon remaining stuffing into prepared dish. Cover dish with buttered foil, buttered-side down. Bake stuffing in dish -- alongside turkey or while turkey is resting -- until heated through, about 25 minutes. Uncover stuffing in dish. Bake until top of stuffing is slightly crisp and golden, about 15 minutes longer. To bake stuffing in dish: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter 13- by 9- by 2-inch glass baking dish. Transfer stuffing to prepared dish. Bake uncovered until heated through, about 35 minutes. This recipe yields 12 servings.

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